Reports from Indonesia suggest Lion Air pilot salaries as shockingly low.
After the crash of Lion Air flight JT610 which killed all 189 people on board, many questions have begun to be asked. One aspect includes the lack of ongoing training that pilots working in budget airlines which over time can create a level of complacency and result in stressed and panicked pilots on the rare occasions when things go wrong. That looks very much like the case in this recent crash and following an external investigations and reviews, Lion Air may see their expansion plans crushed just after they began.
One of the more surprising reports to come out of this week’s news was how low the salary was for the Indian national who was the main pilot of the doomed Lion Air flight. Several news report from Indonesia allege that the pilot of the doomed Lion Air flight was only paid a salary of 3.7 million rupiah which works out to around $245 US dollars per month.
However representatives of Lion Air deny this claim and say that the salary of the pilot was around 45 million rupiah which is around $2,980 US dollars. This is something that also need to be investigated with commentators suggesting that the figure of 45 million rupiah is part of a package which includes housing, domestic service charges and basic medical cover. Other commentators have suggested that the figure of 3.7 million rupiah was being used to avoid paying tax.
If the final takeaway salary of 3.7 million rupiah proves to be correct, it would make it one of the lowest pilot salaries in the world. Indonesia is often seen as a gateway for international pilots looking to break into the commercial aviation industry. Although salaries are lower than in other countries, the airlines are often their only chance at increasing their flight hours in order to give them enough experience to be employed by airlines in other countries.